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Wife of FlyerTalk Member Stranded Due to Technical Issues of the Global Database of the United States State Department…Were You Affected?

The global database of the State Department of the United States for processing passports and visas underwent unspecified problems which possibly caused major delays for — and also supposedly stranded — millions of people around the world who were awaiting their travel documents. The latest announcement issued from the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the State Department of the United States is as follows…

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A Rebuttal to Delta Points: “The ‘Funny’ Little Things You Should Know Before You Try FlyerTalk”

I read an article posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 called Rookie Wednesday: The “funny” little things you should know before you try FlyerTalk written by René deLambert, who is the author of the Delta Points weblog at BoardingArea.com…and although I have nothing personal against René — in fact, we even plan on flying as passengers together on flights operated by Delta Air Lines sometime in the future with the itinerary and exact dates yet to be determined; and we have discussed this idea more than once — that article is filled with so much misinformation that I do not even know where to begin. René admits…

This is the lobby of Hilton London Gatwick Airport — one of the hotel properties participating in the Summer Welcome promotion. Photograph by FlyerTalk member uggboy. Click on the photograph for trip reports, reviews and more photographs posted by uggboy and other FlyerTalk members.

2,500 Hilton HHonors Points on Your Next Visit — But…

To earn your 2,500 bonus Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program points, simply register for the Summer Welcome promotion prior to checking in for your hotel room and book a reservation for your next stay from now through December 31, 2014 at any resort or hotel property located in Europe, the Middle East and Africa within the Hilton Worldwide Portfolio directly through either the official Internet web site of Hilton or of the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program. This promotion is supposedly only open to…

Gregory Char — I will not reveal his FlyerTalk name for privacy reasons — accepts the 2014 GlobeRunner Award on behalf of FlyerTalk from Jonathan Spira, who is on the left in the photograph and is the editorial director of Frequent Business Traveler magazine. Photograph courtesy of Frequent Business Traveler magazine. Click on the photograph to access the official Internet web site of Frequent Business Traveler magazine — as well as for me to prove to you that I am not the one who cropped off the tops of their heads...

FlyerTalk Wins GlobeRunner Award for Best General Travel Site — Yet Again For the Third Consecutive Year

For the third consecutive year, I am proud to announce that FlyerTalk has once again been selected as the recipient of the GlobeRunner Award for Best General Travel Site based on votes by readers of Frequent Business Traveler magazine. Greater than 150,000 votes were cast by readers of Frequent Business Traveler magazine between the period of March 14, 2014 and May 31, 2014. Other winners include Hilton Hotels and Resorts — which swept the Best Hotel Chain category and won four GlobeRunner Awards for the third consecutive year; five if you count the award which the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program won — and the following list of other companies, frequent travel loyalty programs, airports and “bloggers“ which won GlobeRunner Awards in 2014…

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Breaking News: 47 Reported Dead in Airplane Crash in Taiwan During Typhoon Matmo

An ATR72 aircraft which operated as TransAsia Airways flight 222 carrying 54 passengers and four members of the flight crew from Kaohsiung International Airport to Magong Airport reportedly crashed upon approach in the Penghu Islands west of the main island of Taiwan. Strong gusting winds — supposedly from Typhoon Matmo, which was impacting Taiwan at the time of the crash — was the reported cause of the aircraft bursting into flames after contacting the ground before reaching the runway. At least 47 people are reported dead; and 11 addition people…

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